Jordan makes a difference during Easter trip to Nepal
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 April 2016
For many students home from university the Easter vacation is a time to relax and catch up with people - not for Jordan.
Former Cromwell Community College student Jordan Tweed spent his Easter break volunteering in Nepal
Having raised more than £1,000 for the Mondo foundation he travelled to Kathmandu and then on through the ancient city of Bhaktapur to a remote hillside village of Birkharka having immersed himself in the local culture and experienced first-hand the Hindu Holi festival.
As part of his volunteering Jordan worked within a team to make the finishing touches to a school that had been damaged by the 2015 earthquake.
The children had been using temporary classrooms since then and were thrilled to see their new school taking shape.
Working long days they managed to complete work in time for the inauguration ceremony.
Jordan said: “It was incredible to see how much this school meant to the local community.
“It was a real inspiration completing this work.”
Jordan and the rest of his team battled through extreme rainfall to visit another school where he handed out rucksacks to the children.
The rucksacks contained all of the basic school essentials: all of the pens, pencils and school equipment were sourced in Nepal using funds that Jordan had helped to raise.
The rest of the funds will be used to help build a new girls hostel to replace the one that was destroyed in the earthquake.
As well as completing this volunteering, as part of a program at Loughborough university where he is studying for a degree in civil engineering, Jordan was able to do some sightseeing, ride an elephant and do some white water rafting.
He said: “This was an amazing trip.
“Being part of the local communities was a fantastic and eyeopening experience.
“I learned so much and am so pleased I was able to do something meaningful to help the children.”